Last weekend AMC brought a brand-new trailer for fans of The Walking Dead, teasing the upcoming seventh season of the hit series. The trailer was shown on Friday, and if you caught the trailer then you probably remember a fierce looking tiger named Shiva.
While a few series on television are still using live-animals in their production, including large cats like tigers, the showrunners of The Walking Dead confirmed that the tiger used in the trailer was created through animatronics and computer-generated imagery. “There’s no real tiger at all, it’s all magic,” series creator Robert Kirkman told fans.
It’s important to point out that many shows and films have started using CGI in their production, while still getting terrific (if not better) results. Disney has promised not to use large-cats and other wild-animals in making their films, and PETA applauded the company’s work when creating “The Jungle Book” with CGI as well.
Not all shows are playing along however, we reported earlier this year that PETA was still protesting CBS‘ choice in using numerous wild animals, including a tiger and a polar bear, in its series Zoo. As for The Walking Dead, PETA granted the series an Innovation in Television Award for choosing CGI over live-animals.
“By choosing the excitement of cutting-edge technology instead of captive animals, The Walking Dead has won the respect of everyone who objects to condemning wild animals to live chained and in cages as well as making them perform under the threat of a whip,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA will press all television networks to follow AMC’s compassionate lead.”
PETA claims that more than 60,000 people have written to CBS to demand that Zoo stop using wild animals. Last season, Zoo used big cats, a bear, wolves, and two baboons, among many other animals in creating its latest seasons. PETA also stated that CBS has dropped plans to use infamous trainer Michael Hackenberger, but only after PETA alerted producers that he had been caught on camera whipping a tiger. Hackenberger has since been charged with five counts of cruelty to animals.